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Notice to industry – Fish and seafood export certificates coming to My CFIA

Beginning in late fall 2019, fish and seafood export certificates will be available for request through My CFIA. In early fall 2019, a pilot project will take place in which a small number of industry members and CFIA staff will use the system to request and process the export certificates in order to test both CFIA and industry readiness; shortly after the pilot ends, the certificates will be made available for request online for the entire industry.

My CFIA is the Agency's secure and convenient way to do business with us online. By signing up for a My CFIA profile, account holders can submit service requests for a growing number of CFIA services.

Benefits of requesting an export certificate using My CFIA

Exporters will save time by applying for a fish and seafood export certificate online, through My CFIA. Rather than having to drive, fax, or email an application to a local CFIA office, industry will be able to submit the service request, and pay for the certificate through the My CFIA portal. In addition, My CFIA users can also access the system 24/7 to track, manage, copy and reuse their application for future requests. Using My CFIA may also lead to applications being processed faster than applications submitted through email, mail or fax. To learn about additional benefits, take a look at our fact sheet My CFIA: What's in it for a fish and seafood exporter like me.

Steps to take now

In order to be issued a fish and seafood export certificate in My CFIA when they become available, fish and seafood exporters must:

Informing our trading partners

CFIA recently notified its international trading partners of the upcoming move to electronic phytosanitary certificates. In the letter, trading partners were made aware of the Agency's plan to continue to add additional export certifications in My CFIA, as per the World Trade Organization Notification that was published last year.

Supporting industry

Step-by-step instructions on how to manage a My CFIA account, request services, and pay for services using My CFIA are available on the My CFIA User Guidance page. Additional guidance including instructions specific to requesting an export certificate will be added to the page in the future.

CFIA will continue to provide regular updates as additional export certificates are added to My CFIA.

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